The educational model of CCS will work with is the efficiency of competency based and technology augmented programs to offer real world applications of knowledge by utilizing project-based learning (PBL). Based on CCS mission, our students engage with project-based learning to demonstrate critical thinking and practical academic mastery.
Project-based learning allows in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about. Through conducting in depth investigations, students gain a unique and tangible understanding that lends to a considerable depth of understanding that is absent in methodologies that do not utilize an experiential component. PBL most importantly facilitates construction of artifacts which enable the expression of diversity in learners, such as interests, abilities, culture, and learning styles. The additional features such as variety, challenge, and student choice promotes students' agency.
The Science and Social Studies classes will be addressed through our unique project-based learning allowing for authentic learning tasks to be grounded in the personal interests of each learner. The topics will guide curriculum source and content in creative and innovative ways through backwards design. The PBL curriculum will be developed by students, and teachers who then work with skilled community partners (i.e. Engineers, Scientists, or organizations like Earth Force, and Face of History) to develop lesson plans and resources for student projects on an individual and group basis. PBL designs maximize students' orientation toward learning and mastery through an emphasis on student autonomy, collaborative learning, and assessments based on authentic performances.